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Rebecca Rideal Reviews ‘The Gin Lane Gazette’ by Adrian Teal

The Gin Lane Gazette Adrian Teal Unbound (2013) What an Age! What a time to walk the Earth! At the end of the eighteenth century, London was a gleaming metropolis with a population of well over a million, whose inhabitants had their fill of coffee houses, ale houses, theatres, pleasure gardens and masquerades. Londoners could spend their days reading the latest …

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James Taylor Reviews ‘The Great War Handbook’ by Geoff Bridger

The Great War Handbook: A Guide for Family Historians & Students of the Conflict By Geoff Bridger Pen & Sword  In 2014 a four-year commemoration will begin to mark the centenary of a conflict which changed the world forever, leaving more than 16 million dead. In many ways, World War I needs little introduction. It is familiar to us not …

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Tony Boullemier Reviews ‘Dreadnought’ by Robert K. Massie

With the centenary of World War l approaching, historian and journalist TONY BOULLEMIER reviews a book that gets to the bottom of its causes. First published in 1991, DREADNOUGHT – Britain, Germany and the coming of the Great War, by Robert K. Massie is well worth revisiting. Being American, he can view it from a neutral angle. Indeed, he looks …

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Andrew Arnold Reviews ‘The Devil’s Carnival’ by John Mason Sneddon

The Devil’s Carnival: The First Hundred Days of Armageddon, 1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers August – December 1914 John Mason Sneddon  Reveille Press, 2013   This account of the opening salvos of the First World War differs from many books based on personal diaries in that it draws on the experiences of three men rather than just one. The three diarists, all …

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Kathryn Johnson Reviews ‘The Quintinshill Conspiracy’ by Jack Anthony Richards and Adrian Searle

The Quintinshill Conspiracy: The Shocking True Story Behind Britain’s Worst Rail Disaster By Jack Anthony Richards and Adrian Searle Pen and Sword Books (Oct 2013) On 22nd May 1915, the greatest railway tragedy this country has ever seen occurred at a remote signal box just outside Gretna Green. Perhaps the greater tragedy, as Jack Richards’ and Adrian Searle’s fascinating “The …

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REBECCA RIDEAL REVIEWS ‘BEASTLY LONDON’ BY HANNAH VELTEN

Beastly London: A History of Animals in the City By Hannah Velten Reaktion Books In 1900 there were an estimated 200,000-700,000 working horses in London. In 1947 the Ministry of Transport banned all horse-drawn vehicles from using major London routes in peak traffic hours. The world changed fast and we forgot. Until very recently, London was not just packed with …

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